C-19 Challenge: Funded projects

Using data and digital tools to support COVID-19 recovery across local government

The Local Digital C-19 Challenge was launched in July 2020 to find Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) projects to help local authorities in England with their COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts.

11 local government projects have been awarded a share of £800,000 to combat some of the challenges they faced as a direct result of COVID-19. You can read more about the challenge and process in this blog post.

View the outputs

You can now access the outputs from the completed projects – this page will be updated as more outputs become available.

About the challenge

  • Applications were invited in three thematic areas: data and reporting, community and engagement and developing new working practices
  • Projects are expected to deliver a product or outcome within 2 months
  • Project outputs must be relevant to, and reusable by other councils
  • You can read the full criteria in our challenge prospectus
  • How to follow our projects

    How Busy is Toon: Citizen focused data sharing to encourage economic renewal

    Lead council: Newcastle City Council

    Funding: £67,000

    Project overview

    This project is developing a digital tool to identify where parts of a city are overcrowded and breach social distancing requirements, which disseminates information to citizens so they can make informed decisions about their movements.

    How to follow this project

    VCS and Council Data Exchange

    Lead councils: Greater London Authority, Camden Council and London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI)

    Partners: Central Bedfordshire Council

    Funding: £80,000

    Project overview

    This project aims to improve information flows between councils and Voluntary Community Services (VCS) so that they can better support vulnerable residents and communities in the post COVID-19 environment. They will use their funding to discover, prototype and test a solution to data exchange that is reliable, scalable and reusable.

    How to follow this project

    Beach Check Application

    Lead council: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

    Funding: £34,000

    Project overview

    This project will be using their funding to add extra functionality to a smartphone application they have developed, which will help to prevent overcrowding on its beaches by telling people how busy sections are so they can do their bit to help maintain social distancing.

    You can download the app for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store.